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The two countries have not only economic ties, but also family ties that cannot be cut short in one moment, stressed the head of the Russian center of education, business and cultural cooperation in Istanbul Rima Rizaeva.
RIGA, 28 Nov. The normalization of relations between Russia and Turkey can contribute to public diplomacy, believes the head of the Russian center of education, business and cultural cooperation in Istanbul Rima Rizaeva.
According to her, a similar crisis in relations between the state experienced 25 years ago.
“So far at the household level, some changes have been observed. I came to Turkey 25 years ago, was the same picture. There was tension against the Russians, and it was hard. Just happened irreparable, but you have to give way to public diplomacy and cultural relations and to smooth it. Russia and Turkey have not only economic ties, but also family ties — a lot of Russian women married to Turks, is a large family. Their relatives are flying both there, and here, all this cannot be cut at one point,” said Rizaeva in an interview with Latvian portal mixnews.lv
Relations of Russia and Turkey are in crisis after Wednesday in Syria was wrecked Russian bomber su-24. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin announced that the plane was shot down by a rocket type “air-air” with a Turkish F-16s over Syrian territory and fell in Syria four kilometers from the border with Turkey. The Russian President called it a “stab in the back” by the accomplices of terrorists.